Best of Winter in the Upper Valley: Shaker Snowshoe Fest

Soon after moving to the Upper Valley I was advised to adopt a winter sport with the warning that it will otherwise be a long winter. That’s not what this summer loving gal wanted to hear! Having no desire for a long winter, I took the advice to heart.

First, I received a pair of ice skates for my birthday. Next, I took my dust collecting skis in for a tune-up. Then I signed up for New England Winter Wild, requiring the addition of MICROspikes to my running wardrobe. The day I returned home from my first Winter Wild event, my husband, Troy, and I cross-country skied together for the first time thanks to the Dartmouth Outing Club.

Snow Shoes at Shaker Museum

Snowshoe quantities are limited so pre-resgister to reserve a pair by calling (603) 632-4346 or emailing

Like I said, I took the advice on adopting a winter sport to heart. However, there is one winter activity I still need to explore on countless recommendations. Snowshoeing!

Fortuitously, a friend I met through Upper Valley Young Professionals, Vreni Gust, recently stopped by for cappuccino on her way home from work at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Vreni gave me the scoop on the third annual Shaker Snowshoe Fest, coming up on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I was sold at dog sled rides and s’mores, but let me tell you more about what the day includes:

  • Goodie bags complete with trail map, surprises, and a raffle ticket for the chance to win items like homemade mittens, gift cards, and more
  • Shoeshowing on three groomed and monitored loops, in addition to other trails
  • L.L.Bean Boot Mobile and instructors
  • Horse drawn sleigh rides
  • Ice skating on the mill pond (bring your own skates)
  • Snow games and snow sculptures by the Mascoma Valley High School Art Club (weather dependent)
  • Museum Shaker Quest (a scavenger hunt for children)
  • Homemade lunch available for purchase (cash only)
Vreni Gust, in white, pictured at a past Shaker Snowshoe Fest.

Vreni Gust, in white, pictured at a past Shaker Snowshoe Fest.

The cost is $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children ages 13 to 17, and $5.00 for ages 12 and under. Families of 3 or more may attend for $20.00.

Check-in and registration are in the Great Stone Dwelling (the main museum building). Pre-register to reserve a pair of show shoes because quantities are limited! To register call (603) 632-4346 or email

Find the Enfield Shaker Museum at 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, New Hampshire 03748.

Shaker Snowshoe Fest is not to be missed! Once a gal who dreaded the thought of a long winter, I now fear it may not last long enough given all there is to experience and enjoy. Tell me what activity keeps you longing for more winter!

5 Responses to “Best of Winter in the Upper Valley: Shaker Snowshoe Fest”

  1. Wendell SmithJanuary 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    great news — we are gathering family for this one !!

  2. Shanon HounshellJanuary 17, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Wendell. I’m hoping we’re in town and can meet more of your clan!

  3. Kellie HJanuary 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    We live on rt 4A and wanted to check it out but can’t participate in the actual snowshoeing because we have 3 small children. Will the fees only be for snowshoing or just to enter?

  4. Shanon HounshellJanuary 20, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Kellie, hello, neighbor! Thanks for reading. My husband and I also live on 4A. I believe the fees are entry fees (as snowshoes are a separate reservation), but I asked Vreni to let you know for sure! If you see me there, please introduce yourself. Hope to see you soon!

  5. Vreni GustJanuary 20, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Hi Kellie, thanks for your interest in our event! The fees cover admission to the event, which includes snowshoeing and the other activities. So unfortunately even if you don’t snowshoe, you still need to pay the admission fee. But families of three or more are only $20. We hope to see you at the event!
    Vreni Gust
    Events Coordinator
    Enfield Shaker Museum

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